In 2021 when I was visiting VANCOUVER I saw an ASTOUNDING (means the feeling of great surprise) mural being painted on the side of a downtown building. I immediately knew I needed to know more about this FASCINATING artist. His name is JOE AVERAGE (born October 10, 1957), as BROCK DAVID TEBBUTT. Joe. The mural in the photo above is called One World, One Hope – 40 years Later. Marking the 40th ANNIVERSARY of the first reported cases of HIV/Aids in the US
Spell: ASTOUNDING Spell: ANNIVERSARY Spell: FASCINATING
What artist are we talking about today? JOE AVERAGE
What was Joe Average’s name at Birth? BROCK DAVID TEBBUTT
What city was I visiting in 2021? VANCOUVER
What does astounding mean: FEELING OF GREAT SURPRISE
How many years ago was Joe Average Born? 2023-1957=66
If you changed your name to reflect your artistic style what would it be?
VAKT: Point to the red face in the mural
When Joe was diagnosed with HIV/Aids (human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) he vowed to make his living from art. His joyful art, GENEROSITY and FLAMBOYANT presence DISTINGUISHES him as anything but average. Starting in the 80s Joe Average took an artists’s brush to his often grey rain soaked Vancouver and painted in TECHNICOLOUR. (using lots of BRIGHT COLOURS) HIS ART can be seen on banners, bridges, squares, meeting places.
Spell: GENEROSITY Spell: FLAMBOYANT Spell: DISTINGUISHES
Joe Average painted in? TECHNICOLOUR
What can be seen on street banners, bridges, public squares, markets and meeting places? HIS ART
Painting in technicolour means having or using lots of? BRIGHT COLOURS
What decade did we see his art emerge? 80’s
Name three places that you can view his art? BANNERS, BRIDGES, SQUARES, MEETING PLACES
What image would you like to see on a street banner?
His mediums (substance used to create ART PIECES) include acrylics, oils, watercolour, pastels, linocut (uses LINOLEUM as an ENGRAVED SURFACE to make a print) limited edition print, digital art, photographed mixed mediums. His best known subjects include people, birds, insects, flowers, household items. His photographs cover a wide SPECTRUM of subjects to also include portraits, landscapes, seascapes, sporting events, cityscapes, MORPHED images including humour and social commentary.
Spell: SPECTRUM Spell: MORPHED Spell: LINOLEUM
A linocut uses what to make a print? ENGRAVED SURFACE
An artists mediums uses substances to create what? ART PIECES
His photographs cover a wide __________of subjects SPECTRUM
Name two mediums he includes: ACRYLICS, OILS, WATERCOLOUR, PASTELS, LINOCUT
Name two of the best known subjects he includes: FLOWERS; ANIMALS; INSECTS; PEOPLE; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
What famous sporting event do you know that also took place in Vancouver?
If his print of the bees was a limited edition print that had 456 copies and each sold for $1426 what is the total sales of this print? 456 X 1426 = $64752
VAKT: This video is another example of where you may see Joe’s artwork which he often donates to support community groups.
Joe Average OBC (Order of British Columbia) RCA (Royal Canadian Academy of Arts) has been an important contributor to the British Columbia (a province of Canada), Canadian and INTERNATIONAL art scene since the mid 1980s. His easily RECOGNIZABLE pieces have CAPTURED the interest of international art critics, royalty and celebrities, while remaining accessible and meaningful to local collectors and supporters.
Spell: INTERNATIONAL Spell: RECOGNIZABLE Spell: CAPTURED
What does RCA stand for: ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS
What province of Canada are we talking about here: BRITISH COLUMBIA
What is another term that means Order of British Columbia? OBC
His easily recognizable pieces have captured the interest of whom? (name two): INTERNATIONAL ART CRITICS; ROYALTY; CELEBRITIES
His art is remains accessible and meaningful to whom? (Name one) COLLECTORS; SUPPORTERS
VAKT: Open this link to read more about Joe’s OBC award
Joe’s work has been described as “a visionary of colour, creativity, compassion” and has come to symbolize love and INCLUSIVITY. Over the years he has received numerous awards and honours, including civic merit awards, the GOVERNOR Generals CARING CANADIAN AWARD (1998) and the Queen’s Golden JUBILEE Medal for OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT (2002). In 2002, Major Philip Owen issued a civic PROCLAMATION designating November 3, 2002 as Joe Average Day.
Spell: PROCLAMATION Spell: GOVERNOR Spell: JUBILEE
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal is awarded for what? OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT
Joes work has come to symbolize love and ______? INCLUSIVITY
In 1998 Joe received what Governor Generals award? CARING CANADIAN AWARD
Joe’s work has been described as a visionary of ? (name two adjectives) COLOUR, CREATIVITY, COMPASSION
What is one word Joe’s work has come to symbolize? LOVE; INCLUSIVITY
November 3 of what year became Joe Average day? 2002
If you were in charge of awarding a government award for caring who you grant it to and why?
In 2019 he designed the EQUALITY COIN for the Royal Canadian MINT. The pure silver version of the 2019 COMMEMORATIVE coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of the DECRIMINALIZATION of homosexuality in Canada. Over the last five decades, Canada has made SIGNIFICANT STRIDES in becoming a more inclusive society, guided by the belief in diversity, equality for all and the right to live free from discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics.
Spell: COMMEMORATIVE Spell: DECRIMINALIZATION Spell: MINT
In 2019 Joe designed what for the Royal Canadian Mint? EQUALITY COIN
Canada has made significant strides in becoming a_____? MORE INCLUSIVE SOCIETY
Canada has made what in becoming a more inclusive society: SIGNIFICANT STRIDES
Canada has become a more inclusive society guided by the belief in what? (Name one) DIVERSITY; EQUALITY FOR ALL
How many years since the Equality coin was issued? (In a equation) 2023-2019=4
In what year did Joe design the Equality Coin? 2019
If you were to design a coin, describe both sides of your coin try and make your writing descriptive enough that we can picture your coin with out a photo.
The facial traits reflect gender fluidity and gender expression; they may belong to two individuals, or they may represent different aspects of one’s identity. A ray of light reflects in each EYE and brings the colour image to life, BOLSTERED by the VIBRANT colours of the PRIDE flag. The English word equailty and the French word EGALITE are included on TWO CURVED BANDS. The double dates 1969, 2019 mark the 50 years since the process of decriminalizing homosexuality in Canada began.
Spell: PRIDE Spell: BOLSTERED Spell: VIBRANT
The coin has a ray of light in each ________? EYE
What is the French word for equality_____? EGALITE
The English word equality and the French word Egalite are included on what? TWO CURVED BANDS
The facial traits reflect what? (Name one) GENDER FLUIDITY; GENDER EXPRESSION
The double dates 1969 and 2019 marks how many years since the process of decriminalizing homosexuality in Canada began? 50 YEARS
If you designed your own flag what colours and images would you use?
Joe continues lending his art to many social and HUMANITARIAN causes in CANADA. The One World One Hope puzzle campaign is helping to fund Vancouver housing projects for PERFORMING ARTS communities. The project is operated by PAL Vancouver and operates an 11 unit complex in COAL HARBOUR. According to Joe “It fills my heart to think this artwork can serve another great cause by supporting the actors, singers, dancers, painters, sculptors and musicians in Vancouver and allowing them to live affordably.”
Spell: HUMANITARIAN Spell: COAL HARBOUR Spell: PERFORMING ARTS
Joe’s art continues to lend his art to many social and humanitarian causes in what country? CANADA
The One World One Hope puzzle campaign is helping to fund Vancouver housing projects for who? PERFORMING ART COMMUNITIES
Joe’s artwork is serving another great cause by supporting whom? (Name three) ACTORS; SINGERS; DANCERS; PAINTERS; SCULPTORS; MUSICIANS
The project operated by PAL Vancouver operates how many units: 11 UNITS
Name another program you know that allows for affordable living through grants or subsidies.
VAKT: Watch this short video to learn more about Joe’s artwork, photography and being recipient of the Telus Pride Legacy Award
Creative writing, write an ad describing the release of a special edition coin.